The business has also revealed that former Airbus executive Seyed Miri will head its operations in the region, while Dr Elizabeth Wylie, a former director of innovation for the Australian government, will oversee business development.
Spire is best known for using its nanosatellites to collect data that can predict environmental changes and weather patterns, which its customers can access on its cloud-based platform.
Miri brings 20 years of experience to the position, with a background from companies including Airbus Defence and Space as well as Jacobs (SKM).
He also brings a master’s degree in applied science, focusing on remote sensing, in addition to a postgraduate diploma in geographic information systems from Massey University, New Zealand.
Spire’s senior vice president of global sales, Kamal Arafeh, said, “We’re thrilled to have Seyed join the team as we grow Spire’s presence in the ANZ region.
“His technical background, entrepreneurial mindset and industry knowledge bring a unique intersection of skill sets that will be highly valuable as we continue to help our customers realise and benefit from the transformational power of data-driven insights from space.”
Spire Global has offices in nine major cities across seven countries and is set to increase that number as they expand into the rapidly growing Australian market.
“Over the past two decades, I’ve witnessed the evolution and growth of the space industry in Australia and New Zealand. We’re at a transformational point where both government and commercial organisations are eager to explore the power of space-based applications,” Miri said in relation to his new role.
“I’m excited to leverage my industry experience and familiarity with the technology to help customers understand the value of Spire Space Services and how the space-as-a-service model can accelerate the growth of their business.”
Liam McAneny is a journalist who has written and edited for his University International Relations journal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong in 2021. He joined Momentum Media in 2022 and currently writes for SpaceConnect and Australian Aviation. Prior to Momentum Media he worked as a legal graduate in a solicitor's office. Liam has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations as well as astronomy. In his spare time Liam is an avid amateur astronomer and narrative writer.
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